Health Matters for Women Newsletter

Health Matters for Women newsletter from CDC. US Dept. of Health and Human Services

May 2023

Celebrating Women’s Health Week!
National Women’s Health Week starts each year on Mother’s Day. This health observance encourages women and girls to make their health a priority.

Cancer and Women
Most cancers take years to develop. Many things can affect your chance of getting cancer. You can take steps every day to lower your chance of getting certain kinds of cancer.

Emergency Department Visits Involving Mental Health Conditions, Suicide-Related Behaviors, and Drug Overdoses Among Adolescents — United States, January 2019–February 2023
High baseline rates of poor adolescent mental and behavioral health were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This report shows by fall 2022, weekly emergency department visits among adolescents aged 12-17 years, and females in particular, for mental health conditions overall, suicide-related behaviors, and drug overdoses decreased compared with those during fall 2021; weekly ED visits among males were stable.

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Question of the Month for May 2023

Question: The term “period poverty” can be described as inadequate access to menstrual hygiene products and education.

  1. True
  2. False

Answer: A. True

Good menstrual hygiene practice is essential to overall well-being, yet many menstruators face significant challenges in managing their monthly cycles in a healthy and dignified manner. These challenges related to lack of privacy, financial constraints, sometimes leading to insufficient and limited access to menstrual hygiene products and facilities, can be attributed to what is commonly known as period poverty. These barriers along with shame, stigma and lack of education, about menstrual health and hygiene, can keep girls and women from experiencing a positive and respectful environment to manage their period with dignity and comfort. Learn more: JAMA Health Forum – Health Policy, Health Care Reform, Health Affairs | JAMA Health Forum | JAMA Network